White Plains High School Principal's Newsletter
From the Principal
Dear Tiger Families,
Welcome back! I hope that the first week of school was one filled with excitement and hope for a great 2022-2023 school year! Our Tigers on the fields and courts have begun their competitions and pushing themselves to be the very best they can be. We welcome our newest Tiger parents to WPHS and encourage them to be actively involved in their child's high school career! We pride ourselves in being a school community that is welcoming and committed to every student obtaining success while here in the classroom, stage, canvas, field, court, or any other activity they wish to pursue.
On Monday, September 12th, our Tigers will have an opportunity to participate in an all school virtual assembly to discuss student expectations and what it means to be a part of our WPHS community. This year's theme is, "Finding Value in Each Other." Our focus is to understand that while we all come with different experiences, our "golden rule" of KINDNESS encompasses everything we do and expect here at White Plains High School. Please join us in reinforcing this at home.
We are appreciative of your continued support and partnership, as we aspire to unlock the infinite and unique potential of each student, every day.
Emerly A. Martinez
Student Drop Off Information
Please note that the OPEN HOUSE correct date is THURSDAY 9/15/22 not Friday 9/16/22!
Be sure to obtain your child's schedule by accessing the Portal.
Congrats to our Tigers on their College Board’s National Recognition!
Congratulations to our Tigers, who are among the 62,000 students from across the country to earn academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Programs! These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups through College Board’s Student Search Service.
Adam Torres: NHRA
Alexander Salonich: NHRA
Andrea Munoz: NHRA
Brandon Reyes: NHRA
Brian Mulvey: NAARA
Christian Matute: NHRA
Gabriel Korin: NHRA
Imani Kegode: NAARA
Jack Cannone: NHRA
Jason Nieto: NHRA
Leila Andrade: NHRA
Lionel Reyes: NHRA
Lucas Antenucci: NHRA
Miguel Huerta: NHRA
Nathan Dasilva: NAARA
Priya Kumar: NHRA
Sergio Collana: NHRA
Sinclair Harris: NAARA
Victoria Brice: NAARA
National African American Recognition Award = NAARA
National Hispanic Recognition Award = NHRA
Our House Structure!
WPHS's three-house structure helps us create smaller learning communities and allows us to provide increased social-emotional support to our Tigers.
There are 182 days of school and if your child is not in school just 2 days a month, they are chronically absent! 10% or 18 days a year leads to learning gaps, which could lead to increase anxiousness and decrease in performance.
Parents are discouraged from taking extended vacations during the school year which lead to unnecessary absences that put students behind.
2022 Schedule Change Policy:
Starting this school year we will be implementing a new schedule change policy. The policy is outlined below:
- Lateral changes (changing periods or teachers but remaining in the same course) are not permitted.
- Students who are in Honors or AP courses, especially if this is their first experience with courses at this level, are encouraged to remain for a minimum of five weeks so that they can get used to the difference in depth and pacing before deciding to leave the course.
- Schedule changes that involve adding a new course or changing from a Regents level to an Honors or AP level course must be done prior to the fifth week of a full year course, or the third week of a one-semester course.
- Schedule changes that involve moving from an AP or Honors to a Regents level course need to be completed within 5 days of the progress reports during 2nd quarter. When entering a new course, the student may be responsible for completing assignments in the new course.
- A student who drops a course outright (does so without changing levels) may do so up until the halfway point in the course without any notation being made on the student’s transcript. Any course dropped after that will appear on the student’s transcript with a “W”.
- Schedule changes of any kind should be made only after a thorough discussion with the student’s current teacher and his/her school counselor.
- Please note that there are times when schedule changes are prohibited. No classes may be changed during the first or final week of any quarter.
EARLY DISMISSAL AND JR & SR PRIVILEGE FORMS
Changes to Grading
- Courses requiring a NYS Regents examination will no longer use regents score as a final exam grade. (NYSED doe snot recommend using regents exams in grade calculation)
- All courses will follow a more aligned final course grade calculation distribution.
- Transcripts will no longer show Regents scores.
WPHS Guidance Nights
We are excited to have our guidance nights all in person again! Please click here for a description of each night:
Each night is presented in English and Spanish.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Any questions regarding Clubs and Activities can be directed to Ms. Justine Shewbarran, North House Administrator.
Any questions regarding athletic participation can be directed to Mr. Matt Cameron, Athletics Director.
Our first Activity Period is scheduled for Thursday, September 29th! Students will have an opportunity to participate in our Activities Fair and learn about the amazing 60 plus clubs available to our Tigers!
WPHS PTA Corner
The PTA provides support to our school community in a variety of ways, such as grants, staff appreciation, and scholarships!
White Plains HS
From Advanced Placement courses in all major subjects to participation in the Advanced College Experience (ACE) Program at Westchester Community College, the quality of the school's programs is reflected each year in the honors and awards achieved by individual students, teams and clubs. Extracurricular programs include more than 50 clubs, the literary publication The Roar, and performing arts groups. In addition, the school competitively fields over 45 New York State Section I athletic teams. The school was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a School of Excellence in l986-87.